It’s that time of year again.
The time of disintegrating fallen leaves and earlier sunsets. The cheerful glow of nature is replaced with the bitter cold of winter. While the wintertime in Malaga, Spain (where I’m now living!) is not particularly harsh, its negative effects are evident. People smile a lot less, are out a lot less, and stay in the house a lot more. Under these circumstances, it is no wonder that so many of us admit to feeling the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Our surroundings have an enormous impact on our mental health and even if we’re generally happy in our lives, we can still feel down when our surroundings become drab and dour. Over time, these feelings can rob us of our energy and the spark of life that makes us who we are.
There are a number of ways in which we can combat the winter blues like: exercising regularly, cutting out processed junk foods, and making sure that we eat naturally mood boosting produce. One thing that cannot be neglected, however, is the power of color. When we see bright, vibrant colors they serve as a natural pick-me-up. These colors are partly the reason why we feel so optimistic about spring and its burst of greenery. However, with the absence of spring, there are still numerous ways in which you can bring color back into your life…
What you wear
Why do we always dress in dark, muted colors when winter rolls around? Who says we can’t add some warmth to our wardrobe? Just because winter can be dark and dull, doesn’t mean our wardrobe has to be! Solution? Look for a boldly colored winter coat, choose a makeup palette with warm and vibrant colors or treat yourself to a baguette mini huggie from adinasjewels.com. When we are clad in bright colors it’s hard to stay sad. (Brownie points – you might just improve the mood of those around you with your brighter appearance!)
In your home
When winter sets in, most of us become more insular. We spend less time out and about, forgetting how much interacting with the outside world can bring us to peace. While this behavior is understandable, it doesn’t mean that we can’t make up for the absence of color outside at home. Solution? Choose warm and bright colors for throws, cushion covers, vases and knick knacks. Take the time to paint a feature wall to bring in some color and cheer to your home.
In your garden
Who says that you can no longer enjoy your garden during the winter months? We all know that proximity to nature is a great mood booster, and there are a plethora of plants which can bring color and cheer to your garden all year around. Solution? If you’re hoping to bring a dash of color to your garden in the winter, try planting Japanese maple, cineraria, English daisies and iceland poppies. With these plants, your winter garden can be just as vibrant as a summer one!
Remember: colors have a huge impact on our mood. During the winter months is when our mental health is most vulnerable and its important to give it a boost in any ways we can!
This is a collaborated post.